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Renzo Piano Designs Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth

14 November, 2013

-By Holly O'Dell


The $135 million Kimbell Art Museum expansion, designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Kendall/Heaton Associates, opens November 27 in Fort Worth, Texas. The 101,130-sq.-ft. colonnaded structure, known as the Piano Pavilion, conveys simplicity and lightness through the use of glass, concrete, and wood while complementing the original Louis I. Kahn-designed museum.



Situated between concrete walls, a recessed glass entrance complements a thin layer of glass that appears to float over the building’s roof system. Supporting the structure are 29 pairs of 100-foot-long Douglas fir beams, which traverse the lobby and north and south galleries before culminating on exterior concrete columns.



The east wing gallery, designed for light-sensitive works, is set partially underground and anchored by smooth concrete walls. The west wing auditorium features bright-red tiered seating that cascades below ground to the stage, where shifting patterns of natural light appear courtesy of a light well.



“In its marshaling of light and materials, human scale, and tripartite plan and elevation, the Piano Pavilion provides a 21st-century counterpoint to Kahn's classic modern masterwork,” Kimbell director Kimbell Lee said in a statement.



Photography by Robert Polidori




Renzo Piano Designs Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth

14 November, 2013


The $135 million Kimbell Art Museum expansion, designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Kendall/Heaton Associates, opens November 27 in Fort Worth, Texas. The 101,130-sq.-ft. colonnaded structure, known as the Piano Pavilion, conveys simplicity and lightness through the use of glass, concrete, and wood while complementing the original Louis I. Kahn-designed museum.



Situated between concrete walls, a recessed glass entrance complements a thin layer of glass that appears to float over the building’s roof system. Supporting the structure are 29 pairs of 100-foot-long Douglas fir beams, which traverse the lobby and north and south galleries before culminating on exterior concrete columns.



The east wing gallery, designed for light-sensitive works, is set partially underground and anchored by smooth concrete walls. The west wing auditorium features bright-red tiered seating that cascades below ground to the stage, where shifting patterns of natural light appear courtesy of a light well.



“In its marshaling of light and materials, human scale, and tripartite plan and elevation, the Piano Pavilion provides a 21st-century counterpoint to Kahn's classic modern masterwork,” Kimbell director Kimbell Lee said in a statement.



Photography by Robert Polidori

 


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